Plan Your visit

Use the City and County maps to locate artworks and find your way around the festival



The installations are numbered and split into 4 zones around Durham City: Orange, Blue, Pink and Purple.

This year for the first time the festival programme extends beyond Durham City into the wider county. Marks in the Landscape presents six major new works to light up landmark locations across County Durham, complementing Lumiere’s existing community programme. 

Covid-secure measures will be in place, including ticketed time slots throughout the event to manage audience numbers in the controlled central Lumiere zone and clear protocols for all working on the festival.

Food & Drink 

If you’re exploring the artworks around Durham City and County, what better than enjoying a warm drink or a hearty lunch along the way.

You can also use the map to find suggestions for wonderful restaurants, cafes and pubs around Durham City and County.


Need more information?

Click here to explore our festival FAQs.

Lumiere is open each night between 16:30 and 23:00

The County Marks in the Landscape artworks are open 16:30 to 22:00

The festival is completely free to attend and 29 of the 39 installations are accessible without a ticket at all times.



Are there any changes to the festival this year because of COVID? 

In a change from previous years, the controlled City centre area of Lumiere will be ticketed for the entirety of the festival opening times every night. A timed ticketing slot system for the controlled central Lumiere zone will be in place from 16:30-23:00 each night.

There is no time limit once inside the controlled zone. Tickets will be available for the following time slots: 16:30, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00.

This is to manage audience numbers as part of measures in place to offer a COVID secure experience.



Free tickets will be available here for County Durham residents from 10:00, Tuesday 19 October.

Local residents includes anyone living at an address with a County Durham postcode.

All tickets for Lumiere are processed on the Lumiere website via Durham County Council Theatres. 

You are advised to sign up for an account via the Lumiere website ahead of tickets going live to enjoy a faster booking process. You will not be automatically notified when tickets go live.

CLICK HERE to register for an account in advance.

If you have previously booked for Gala Durham, Empire Consett, or Bishop Auckland Town Hall, you do not need to register because you will already have an account.

Once you have an account, when tickets go live on 19 October, you can log in here. If you have forgotten your login details, you can reset your password.

Free tickets will go on general release here at 10:00, Thursday 21 October.


Need more information?

Click here to visit our ticketing page.

You can also use the map to plan your journey to and around Durham City and County


We strongly advise you use public transport or one of Durham County Council’s many Park & Ride facilities, sponsored during the festival this year by Motorpoint.

The Park & Ride means that you don’t have to worry about where to park your car and are less likely to get stuck in traffic jams. There will also be extra bus services and the train station is a short walk from the city centre.

To get all the latest information on traffic and travel visit and follow #LumiereDurham on Twitter in the lead up to and during the event.


Parking restrictions and road closures

Letters have been posted to residents and businesses in affected areas with information about parking restrictions and road closures.

Make Lumiere part of a magical winter break in Durham

Click here to find inspiration for staying longer or visiting again to experience more of what this amazing county has to offer.



Click here to find your perfect place to stay, from city, countryside to coast.



Click here for ideas and inspiration for things to see and do in Durham.